More Kansas City Monarchs history will be made in Ottawa with a special event this week.
Phil Dixon, author and historian and co-founder of Kansas City’s Negro League Baseball Museum, is set to present “A Baseball Revolution: Kansas City Monarchs in our Hometown” 7 p.m. Thursday at the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa, according to a museum news release.
The free program, in conjunction with the museum’s latest exhibit “Small-town Ball: Playing America’s Game in Franklin County,” will delve into the Monarchs, who played in the county at least five times — including an Aug. 21, 1929, game in LeLoup during the Modern Woodmen of America picnic, according to the release.
The Monarchs, who frequently barnstormed small towns, were the champions of the first Negro Leagues World Series in 1924 and housed players such as Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson and Buck O’Neil.
“Since 2014, Dixon has done his own barnstorming in his quest to visit every city and town that has ever hosted a Kansas City Monarchs baseball game,” the release said. “He has shared the history of the Monarchs and their local connections in more than 120 cities in the U.S. and Canada.”
Dixon, who has studied baseball for more than 30 years, has won several awards including the Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of 1992 and a SABR (Society of American Baseball Researchers) MacMillan Award for excellence in research, according to the release.
Dixon visited the museum last year with a presentation on the Monarchs, according to Herald archives.
For more information about the event, contact the Old Depot Museum at (785) 242-1250.